Volunteer Event

The Career Development Office and the Civic Engagement Center invite you to join in the festivities at NLU Impact 2014, a new fall event exclusively promoting service opportunities for you, our students and alumni.

We know that many of you are already making an impact by continuing your education, and by bringing new skills, knowledge and awareness into your communities. Now we're inviting you to learn more about how you can engage with local and global partners to make an impact in even broader and more meaningful ways.

Join us on Tuesday, September 30 at our Chicago campus from 3 - 6 p.m. Chicago and national partners will host tables to promote specific available volunteer and internship opportunities that could be your perfect fit. Participating in this event is fun and free, we can't wait to see you there!

Click here for Partner Organizations that will be participating.

Register today to participate in NLU Impact 2014!


Volunteer Opportunities

Big Brothers Big Sisters


Phone: 312-207-5600

Email: bbbschgo@bbbschgo.org

Mission Statement: Each time Big Brothers Big Sisters pairs a child with a role model, we start something incredible: a one-to-one relationship built on trust and friendship that can blossom into a future of unlimited potential. And thanks to the first-ever nationwide impact study of a mentoring organization, we have the facts to prove it.


Cornerstone Community Outreach (CCO)


Contact: Lyda Jackson – Volunteer Coordinator

Phone: 773-506-6396×16

Email: lyda@ccolife.org

Contact: Mindy Taylor – Community Development

Phone: 773-506-6396 x 12

Email: mtaylor@ccolife.org

Mission Statement: Cornerstone Community Outreach has a long standing commitment to being excluded from necessary services. It is our great privilege to work alongside homeless families and individuals to find and secure stable housing. We are grateful to all those who volunteer or support our shelter guests. Thanks you!


Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)


Contact: John Hosteny (Illinois Office)

Phone: 312-353-3622

Fax: 312-353-6496

Email: il@cns.gov

Mission Statement: The mission of CNCS is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.


DuPage Children's Museum


Email: admin@dupagechildrensmuseum.org

Phone: 630-637-8000 (0 for Adm.)

Mission Statement: DuPage Children’s Museum’s mission is to stimulate curiosity, creativity, thinking and problem solving in young children through self-directed, open-ended experiences; integration of the arts, science and math; the child-adult learning partnership


El Valor


Address: 1850 W. 21st Street, Chicago, Illinois 60608

Phone: 312-666-4511

Fax: 312-666-6677

Email: info@elvalor.net

Mission Statement: El Valor believes that the future of our communities lies within the strength of our families. We take a relationship driven approach in program delivery. Relationships are developed with the family and caregivers of the child or individual enrolled in our programs. The best possible outcomes are achieved through this approach.




Contact: Office of Communication

Phone: 630-840-3351

Email: fermilab@fnal.gov

Mission Statement: Each summer Fermilab offers a variety of intern programs for secondary school teachers, high school students, undergraduates and graduate students. Interns have an opportunity to work on projects that support particle physics experiments in areas such as applied physics, engineering and computing. Working with Fermilab scientists or engineers, interns have an opportunity to experience current research methods and study problems of particle physics research. Also, Fermilab offers a few internships in environmental studies, particularly working in hundreds of acres of restored tallgrass prairie. Interns are selected for their outstanding scholarship and their interest in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.


Illinois Campus Compact (ILCC)


Contact: Kathy Engelken, Executive Director
Phone: 312-362-7693
Fax: 312-362-5671
Email: KENGELKE@depaul.edu

Mission Statement: To support Presidents and their institutional leadership, to actively promote the civic mission of higher education and to engage students, faculty and campuses in collaborative partnerships that promotes civic engagement. Continue to strategically plan and achieve maximum impact of service and civic learning on higher educations’ institutional commitment to responsible citizenship and community building. Sustain an invigorated commitment to providing resources, training and support to institutions of higher education that are developing sustainable partnerships with P-12 schools. Impact the lives of students long beyond their college experience through the training, resources and service that develops citizenship skills, value for democracy and a sense of civic engagement in community.


Junior Achievement of Chicago


Phone:(312) 715-1300

Email: info@jachicago.org


Triton College Access to Literacy Program
Phone: 708 456-0300, Ext. 3978

Kohl Children's Museum


Contact: Development Office

Phone: 847-832-6911

Email: development@kohlchildrensmuseum.org

Mission Statement: Become a part of one of the nation’s best children’s museums by assisting us with your volunteer time and service. Since 1985, Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago, a not-for-profit, educational facility, has been dedicated to “hands-on” learning and fostering innovative ways to nurture a love of learning in young children through play, exploration, and discovery. Kohl is one of the few museums in the country that has always focused on early childhood education – the fundamental, critically important learning that occurs from birth to age eight.


Project CARE Plus

Contact: Lisa Simoncelli, Larissa Schwarz, Sue Vitale, Laura Butz

Phone: 630-766-2602 ext. 4101

Mission Statement: Mentors can be high school or college students, business people, or community volunteers. The volunteers provide assistance with some things that students may not have help with at home. The volunteers provide help for students over and above other special services a student may receive from reading specialists. Mentors can create informal and personal interaction to build self-esteem and encourage academic growth at the same time. Students benefit from a close adult/peer role model with someone who is not a family member or classroom teacher.


SCARCE: School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education


Contact: Kay McKeen, Director of Staff

Phone: 630-545-9710

Email: ecoed@sbcglobal.net

Mission Statement: Inspire people, through education, to preserve & care for the Earth's natural resources, while working to build sustainable communities. We depend heavily on volunteers to keep our projects going. We can always use help with the Book Rescue, Tools for Schools, and Super Crayon programs.


Y.O.U (Youth Organization Umbrella)


Contact: Brian Williams

Director of Y.O.U. Spartans

Email: brian.williams@youevanston.org

Phone: (847) 676-3545 ext. 1355​

Mission statement: emerging needs of families in crises

8 after school programs: 7 in Evanston & 1 Skokie

Programs Available: After School Programs (5 Days a Week)

Available Opportunities: Volunteers, Mentorships, and Work Study Programs



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